There is probably no better gadget for your DIY projects than a 3D printer. With a device capable of assembling every case, frame, bracket and more, this is an essential part of the kit.

Likewise, the Raspberry Pi is also a vital tool in the tech wizard’s arsenal, suitable for everything from home media centers and smart home control. to launch into space!

So what happens when you put these two DIY braces together? Let’s take a look at these 12 Raspberry Pi designs that are available for 3D printing.

Game projects for Raspberry Pi

PiGrrl Nintendo Game Boy Clone

Perhaps one of the most popular uses for the Raspberry Pi is as a game center for retro gaming in the style of and this project takes the idea one step further by focusing emulation on one platform and creating a suitable case.

PiGrrl is, of course, a Nintendo Game Boy clone developed by LadyAda, and you can find the full set of instructions on the Adafruit website, which also includes links to any additional hardware you’ll need. This build uses a cannibalized Nintendo game controller, but there are alternatives to this. We are particularly impressed with the quality of the Game Boy-esque 3D printed case.

Super Game Pi, Game Boy Advance Clone

Still in clone territory, Adafruit also released instructions for what they call the Super Game Pi, which is essentially a clone of the 2001 handheld Game Boy Advance.

The 3D printer file contains more buttons than PiGrrl, but again relies on a cannibalized SNES controller. Just as fun as PiGrrl, it also has a larger screen.

Game Boy Nano

Another great 3D printer project for your Raspberry Pi, based on the Pi Zero, the design of which can be downloaded from Thingverse.

While there are no formal details online for this build, it does seem to require a small display and a compact controller, though you might prefer to just add a dummy set of controls and connect a USB or Bluetooth controller to the Pi Zero as a USB. The port remains open for this assembly.

Google Glass with your Raspberry Pi

Want to know all the facts and figures about every place you visit? Google Glass may have taken a back seat now, will be back but this is a project that can be combined with a Raspberry Pi as a brain, with a 3D printer providing a home for the display, complete with a clip to attach it to glasses!

The file to 3D print your own Google Class replica can be found on Thingiverse, while the display is probably the most important component, in this case cannibalized from a pair of immersive TV glasses.

We’re not saying you won’t get the same level of confusion and ridicule as you would at Google Glass, but it’s worth it!

Raspberry Pi Notebooks

You may know that Pi Top started life as a 3D printed laptop project for Raspberry Pi devices before a successful Kickstarter campaign brought them commercial success — but it’s not the only Raspberry Pi laptop.

Mobile Pi-To-Go

Not quite a laptop like the Pi Top, the Pi-To-Go is nonetheless an impressive project with a small flip display and keyboard thanks to this project file from Thingiverse.

See it in action here.

The bottom of the Pi-To-Go is filled with batteries pulled from an old Dell Latitude D600 laptop battery, and behind the screen is a pirated 64GB SSD card.

This looks like a great project to try; see full guide for details.

Raspberry Pi Desktop Cases

We have already told you how the Raspberry Pi can be used as a desktop computer. so it makes sense to create a desktop case for your little computer.


PiBook (3D printed file) is a Raspberry Pi in the form of a desktop computer, with a base unit and a display on top.

Despite the name, the PiBook doesn’t look like a book (it looks like an Apple Lisa, anyway), but it should still satisfy your need to stick a Raspberry Pi into what you just typed.

3D Printed Raspberry Pi Tablets

Several projects for Raspberry Pi tablets are in circulation. This is from Adafruit, the file is ready to be downloaded to your Thingverse 3D printer.

The CAD-designed case houses a Raspberry Pi A+ help , and has a 3.5 inch TFT display. The example in the video may not have a touch screen, but there are several versions of the TFT with capacitive overlays available.

For a more standard Raspberry Pi tablet of a manageable size, usable, this next Adafruit project uses a Pi 2 (or possibly a Pi 3) and you can download the 3D printed case file from Thingverse.

Amazing 3D Printed Raspberry Pi Cases

Finally, we’re going to take a look at some of the excellent Raspberry Pi cases that can be 3D printed. This is a huge area, so feel free to go out and look for what you think will suit your project or mood. Along the way, you may notice some of them…


This excellent Raspberry Pi case is clearly inspired by the classic Nintendo entertainment system and even has a door that allows access to the Pi’s SD card right where the cartridge slot would be.

Here’s what it looks like in action!

Not bad, we think you’ll agree. For more retro love, check out the Amiga 3000 and PiStation One case too, and maybe consider bundling them with the RetroPie gaming distribution.

It Happened: Raspberry Pie

We’re sure you’ll already be drooling over this amazing looking 3D Raspberry Pi case, which of course interprets (well, almost) the name of the device literally.



Want a completely literal interpretation? Think 3.141 6

Raspberries are everywhere

While we’re talking «literal interpretations,» we can drop the «pi» and focus on «raspberries.» The Very Berry Pi Case 3000 is one of the most stunning Raspberry Pi cases we’ve ever seen, and while larger than most, it has plenty of room to insert cables and cards.


Fallout Pip-Boy for Boys

While a lot of work for 3D printing, this project will also require a portable power supply for your Raspberry Pi — looks great and if you are a fan Fallout or just want to take your Pi with you wherever you go, this is a seemingly perfect case. Make sure you have enabled the touch display!


For more video game fun, check out this Halo case.

Raspberry Pi 3D Printed Case Compatible

While we’re on the subject of 3D Raspberry Pi cases, it’s worth considering that the differences between the various models mean that not all cases will fit. So, when considering a Raspberry Pi case for your 3D printer, check if the case matches your Pi’s port and LED position.

Raspberry Pi and 3D printing projects go together like raspberries and cream, and as you’ve seen, the possibilities are quite significant. Have you used a 3D printer in one of your Raspberry Pi projects? Do you have a 3D case? Tell us all about it in the comments and share your favorite projects.

Image credit: 3D printer by Scanrail1 via Shutterstock

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